Establishing additional leaf area on pastures immediately after the break of season can significantly increase pasture growth rates leading into the growing season, and total pasture production for the remainder of the season. This can be done through holding stock within containment areas on a full ration.  Low-cost rations utilising hay or high-quality straw can be supplemented with grain or silage to meet animal requirements through this period. The length of time, and therefore cost, of containment feeding will be determined by seasonal conditions and should be reviewed annually. Allowing pastures to reach 1,000 kg of feed on offer will provide them with the opportunity for optimum plant growth rates.